June 9, 2011
UAB Extends More Offers
UAB hosted over 100 high school prospects on Wednesday when the Neil Callaway football camp was hosted in Dothan. Prospects from south Alabama, south Georgia and north Florida showed up in hopes of making an impression and landing an offer to play at the next level - for a few - they heard what they came to hear - they made the right impression and left camp with a UAB offer.
Jontavius Morris, 6-2, 295 pound defensive lineman from Albany High made one of the strongest impressions of the day. Morris shined throughout the day and earned an offer from the staff at the end of the day. UAB becomes Morris' first offer. He has also drawn interest from Georgia, Troy, Western Kentucky and Central Florida.
Morris teammate Roscoe Byrd a 6-3, 311 pounder worked out most of the day working with the defensive line but spent the end of the day working out with the offensive line and also make a big impression on the staff. He could be in line for an offer in the near future. He has heard from the same teams Morris has heard from and is still awaiting his first offer.
Cairo, Georgia quarterback Steven Bench made UAB his third camp of the week. Bench spent Sunday and Monday at Alabama and then travelled to Mississippi State before joining the UAB camp on Wednesday. Bench has offers from South Alabama, Samford, Jax State, Georgia Southern and Rice. He has a very impressive presence on the field and threw the ball well all day.
Brandon Burks, 5-8, 183 pound running back from Daleville ran a 4.5 forty and looked impressive from start to finish. Burks picked up an offer from the staff at the end of the day also.
Westover, Georgia receiver Kenneth Towns was the top wide out in camp. Towns performance also earned him an offer from the staff. The 6-3, 198 pound receiver was clearly the top performer of the day at wide receiver.
Cody Smith, a 5-8, 167 pound athlete from Wicksburg, Alabama turned heads when he ran a 4.47 forty. Smith recently moved to Alabama from Oklahoma and is certainly an under the radar guy - who could earn an offer from the staff before the 2011 season concludes.
On the defensive side of the ball saw another standout from Wicksburg. Gabe Richards worked with the defensive line through the day - but is probably too undersized (6-2, 187) to play the line at the next level. He does, however have the speed to possibly make it as an outside linebacker. Both Wicksburg players will be evaluated through the fall.
Camp continues for the Blazers on Thursday in Daphne. The final camp will be July 9th on the UAB campus.
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